Oh Lord, she’s looking at me. I wish she wouldn’t. Now she’s coming over. Doesn’t she know she’s not welcome? But how can I be nice about it…
“You wanna hang out?”
“Umm…I gotta bunch of stuff to do. It’s not going to work.”
Lord, don’t give me that twinge of guilt. I know she looks sad, but someone else can befriend her. You know what the people at school say. She’s from a bad school. Look at the way she’s dressed. I wouldn’t be caught dead in spaghetti straps and cut-offs. And look! She’s showing her belly! I know she wants to be friends…I know that you say to reach out. But I can’t. I have a reputation to keep. Stop whispering to me! I’m not sure I want to listen.
“What was Izzi doing over here? You two aren’t like friends or anything, are you?”
“No! Of course not!”
“Oh, okay, you guys just looked, like, you were talking or something.”
“No, Alice, she just wanted to…um…hang out or something. I told her I was busy.”
“Oh! I, like, totally gottcha! You wanna hang at the mall today?”
“Um…I’m kinda busy…”
“Not too busy for the mall!”
“Actually, I got homework and…stuff.”
“Oh come on! It’ll only be for a little bit!”
“I have to check with my mom…”
“YES! I’ll be over right after I drop off my stuff!”
“See you soon!”
Lord! I know I told Izzi I was busy, but, I really want to hang out with Alice…at the mall. I know, I know. Love my neighbor? Yeah, that’s all fine and dandy, but Izzi has other friends. Tell you who? Well, I’m sure her family likes her…no, I can’t think of anyone. Would You stop with the guilt trip already! I don’t want to be a witness! I want to live my life! But it’s Yours? I’m home, we’ll continue this later, Lord.
All right, Lord! I’m excited! It’s Sunday afternoon and we are handing out tracts. Gonna tell people the Good News! Oh look!
“Do you want to hear about Jesus?”
“He’s great! Changed my life!”
“Izzi, what‘s the matter?”
“I saw you with Alice, Friday.”
“And, if you don‘t want to hang out with me, you don‘t have to make up any lame excuses!”
“Hey, my ride’s leaving, I gotta go.”
“Okay, sure…you want a tract?”
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